[FPS Benchmarks] ARK: Survival Evolved on NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W) – the 95W GPU is 19% faster

ARK: Survival Evolved is a game that offers fresh gameplay compared to the other title on the market – you’re a survivor on land that is being populated by dinosaurs, other prehistoric creatures, and hostile humans. In short, you have to play strategically in order to survive. Part of the fun is things like building a base, killing animals for food, and crafting weapons.

Visually wise, the game looks good especially on Epic quality. However, it’s very heavy when everything is bumped to the max. Even some powerful GPUs like the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 (95W) is struggling to deliver 60 FPS on the Epic preset. For this comparison, we have picked two decent mid-rangers – the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 (95W) and RTX 3060 (65W).

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for ARK: Survival Evolved list.

Contents


GeForce RTX 3060 variants

  GeForce RTX 3060 [95W] GeForce RTX 3060 [65W]
Architecture Ampere Ampere
GPU chip GA106 GA106
Shader units 3840 3840
ROPs 48 48
Base Clock (MHz) 900 (+10%) 817
Boost clock (MHz) 1425 (+11%) 1282
Memory clock (MHz) 1750 (+17%) 1500
Memory size (MB) 6144 6144
Memory type GDDR6 GDDR6
Memory bus width (bit) 192 192
TGP (Total Graphics Power) 95W (+46%) 65W
DirectX version 12.2 12.2
Technology 8nm 8nm
RTX capabilities Yes  Yes
Release date 01.2021 01.2021
Detailed specs Link Link

Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)


Gaming tests and gameplay videos (ext. monitor)

ARK: Survival Evolved Full HD, Low (Check settings) Full HD, Medium (Check settings) Full HD, High (Check settings) Full HD, Epic (Check settings)
GeForce RTX 3060 [95W] 178 fps (+25%) 99 fps (+16%) 83 fps (+20%) 50 fps (+16%)
GeForce RTX 3060 [65W] 142 fps 85 fps 69 fps 43 fps





Verdict

So, on average, the 95W GPU is 19% faster and that sounds normal – it has bigger TGP and this leads to higher core frequencies. Actually, the GeForce RTX 3060 (65W) is doing a good job despite its 65W TGP – it’s fast enough to deliver 43 FPS on Epic Quality and 69 FPS on the High preset.

Don’t forget to take a look at our Top 100 Best Laptops for ARK: Survival Evolved list.

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [95W]

All laptops equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 [65W]

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